Fuel-rod cooling halted by rats at crippled nuclear plant

Nuclear fuel for thought …

Eideard

nuclear rats

Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant halted cooling of a spent fuel pool at the site on Monday to remove two dead rats, the third time cooling equipment has gone offline in five weeks because of rodents.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power said it halted cooling of the No. 2 unit pool, which stores spent uranium fuel rods at the Fukushima Daiichi site, for a few hours to remove the rats and install a net to stop further such intrusions.

Last month, Tepco lost power to cool fuel rods for 29 hours, an outage it later blamed on a rat that had shorted a temporary switchboard.

Two weeks later, workers attempting to install a net tripped the system again…

Monday’s incident follows a string of mishaps including four leaks of contaminated water from underground storage pits.

The problems at the plant, 240 km north of Tokyo, attracted a rebuke from the…

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Another Chernobyl / Fukushima in Washington State?

I guess we haven’t learned from our mistakes.

I guess the cheap and easy way

is worth the death and grotesque mutation

of all our progeny, and that of all species on the planet.

We are spending 33% of our national nuclear cleanup funds

on one plant that is leaching terrible, irreversible and permanent destructon

into one of the most beautiful, pristine places in the country—

Washington/Oregon’s Columbia River Valley.

The poison will never stop leaking, because nuclear waste

simply cannot be contained.

Not only are the tanks leaking, but gases are building up within them that could lead to an explosion, which would then spread the toxicity throughout the air.

Why are we poisoning mother earth?

Not because of nuclear weapons,

not (directly) because of war,

not because of perversity or bad will,

but because of ignorance, expeditiousness,

and a lack of regard for 30 generations forward …

Our stay on earth is only limited

by our lack of foresight and compassion.

When will we learn?

It starts with you. And me. And all of us.

Just say No to nuclear power.

(See “Nuclear board warns of Hanford tank explosion risk” on Yahoo Newes

By SHANNON DININNY | Associated Press 4/2/2013)

Article Excerpt: “State and federal officials have long known that hydrogen gas could build up inside the tanks at theHanford Nuclear Reservation, leading to an explosion that would release radioactive material. The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board recommended additional monitoring and ventilation of the tanks last fall, and federal officials were working to develop a plan to implement the recommendation.

The board expressed those concerns again Monday to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who is chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and had sought the board’s perspective about cleanup at Hanford.

The federal government created Hanford in the 1940s as part of the secret Manhattan Project to build the atomic bomb. It spends billions of dollars to clean up the 586-square-mile site neighboring the Columbia River, the southern border between Washington and Oregon and the Pacific Northwest’s largest waterway.

Federal officials have said six underground tanks at the site are leaking into the soil, threatening the groundwater, and technical problems have delayed construction of a plant to treat the waste for long-term safe disposal.”